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Ryan Suter Leaves Game With Lower Body Injury

A hard check was delivered to Suter by the Flames Cory Sarich.  It was a shoulder to shoulder type of hit, but you can see it was almost a knee on knee hit too.

added 11:11pm, via Joshua Cooper tweet,

Trotz on Suter’s lower-body injury: “No, not too serious, he may miss a little bit of time here, but nothing major.”

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  Tags: cory+sarich, ryan+suter

The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.

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Talking Shea Weber Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I am told contracts talks with Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will soon begin in earnest. The Preds did communicate with Weber’s agent, veteran Don Meehan from Newport Sports, last month in terms of expressing their vision for the franchise and what an important part Weber is in that vision. The team showed that by making him captain in the offseason, too.

Talk about the most important set of contract talks in franchise history. Weber, a stud blueliner, will be a restricted free agent July 1, only one year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency.

There are three clear scenarios here:

1. He signs an extension and life is good in Music City.

2. He only does a one-year deal to bridge himself to his UFA year and he can do this by going to salary arbitration next summer.

3. The Preds get nervous they can’t sign him to a long-term extension and put him on the trade block over the summer.

more plus other NHL topics…

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Vancouver/Nashville Trade

per Bob McKenzie tweets,

VAN-NAS trade is (Shane) O’Brian and Dan Gendur for (Ryan) Parent and another player not off the NHL roster.

Jonas Andersson is the other player NAS sent to VAN. Andersson will be joining the Manitoba Moose.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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  Tags: nhl+season+preview, predictions

Anders Lindback Is The Other Goalie In Nashville

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

One of the top priorities for the Predators was to make a decision on their No. 2 goaltender. On Thursday, they marked it off the list.

Anders Lindback won the backup job and Mark Dekanich was assigned to Milwaukee, ending a close battle to earn a place on the Nashville roster to back up Pekka Rinne.

“In the end,” Coach Barry Trotz said, “we felt that Lindback had a little better camp.”...

Lindback, an imposing 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, was fifth in the Swedish Elite League last season in save percentage (.913) and sixth in goals against average (2.46). This will be his first season in North America.

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Predators Now A Quicker Team With Lombardi

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Matthew Lombardi’s stride on the ice is close to textbook perfect.

He sits in his crouch and extends his leg. As he does this, the blade never leaves the slick surface. This is exactly what coaches tell young players as they learn the fundamentals of the game, and it’s why Lombardi is one of the smoothest and quickest skaters in the NHL.

“It’s probably a longer stride. You get real low and try to generate as much strength as I can through my legs,” Lombardi said. “To be honest, I don’t really know much technique and whatnot. I just go out there and skate around.”

The Predators signed Lombardi in the offseason to boost their speed and bolster their offense. They hope he can add a new and intriguing element to their team this season.

“The first thing you always see is, ‘Wow he is really quick. He is a good skater,’ ” Predators General Manager David Poile said. “Speed is such a huge part of the game. It opens things up. It takes you from defense to offense.”

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Can Nashville Reach The Next Level?

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

General Manager David Poile has proved he can put together a team that’s good enough to make the playoffs, even though most years at this time in the season it doesn’t look that way to the rest of the world. He has done so five times in the past six seasons, including four of five during the salary cap era. Not a lot of other teams can say the same thing.

Of course, as any fan can attest, none of those Predators teams were good enough to get beyond the opening round.

So let’s ask again: Is that good enough? Because the reality is that there’s every reason — or 26 of them, at least — to assume that’s about as good as it’s going to get.

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Ellis’ Twitter Tiff is Simply a Sign of the Times

This is not a story.

Alas, I’ve been forced to write something on the matter because there’s no shortage of lunacy out there right now.

What’s been made of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis’ recent Twit-roversy is shameful.

How far it’s gone is embarrassing.

And, really, it’s much ado about nothing but, in an effort to talk some sense into the masses, here goes nothing:

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  Tags: dan+ellis, greg+wyshynski, puck+daddy, twitter

Franson Signs With Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

        Franson, 23 (8/8/87) posted 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 contests for the Predators a season ago, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to hit the 20-point mark (Dan Hamhuis, 2003-04), tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in points, and ranking third in goals. The 6-5, 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., also led all rookies and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15), and paced all rookie defensemen in game-winning goals (3) in 2009-10. Franson played in four of Nashville’s six postseason games this past spring, notching his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago.

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